History of American Education

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In History
  • Dame Schools

    Dame Schools
    Private elementary schools taught by women inside their homes. Young girls were mostly taught basic household chores at these schools
  • Latin Grammar Schools

    Latin Grammar Schools
    First school in Boston. Only for upper class white males. They studied reading, writing, arithmetic, Latin, Greek, and religion
  • Deluder Satan Act

    Deluder Satan Act
    Required towns of certain sizes (50+ families) to hire a schoolmaster to teach the local children.
  • New England Primer

    New England Primer
    First edition published between 1687-1690 by Benjamin Harris. Contained, the alphabet, religious content, moral lessons, and was made with thin sheets of horn
  • John Locke

    John Locke
    Father of liberalism, social contract theory
  • New England Primer

    New England Primer
    First reading primer designed for American colonies; became most successful education textbook
  • Christian van Wolff

    Christian van Wolff
    Published German Metaphysics, Rational Thoughts on God, World, Human Soul, and All Things in General.
  • Benjamin Franklin

    Benjamin Franklin
    Formed the first subscription library in the U.S.
  • Johan Pestalozzi

    Johan Pestalozzi
    Wrote "Die Abendstunde eines Linsiedlers," (“The Evening Hour of a Hermit.") explaining his educational theory and that education must be according to nature.
  • Noah Webster

    Noah Webster
    First person to write a dictionary
  • Constitution and Bill of Rights Ratified

    Constitution and Bill of Rights Ratified
    Articles 3-12 ratified; became first 10 amendments in the Constitution known as the Bill of Rights
  • Boston English High School

    Boston English High School
    First public high school in America
  • Catherine Beecher

    Catherine Beecher
    Catherine and her sister founded a school for women.
  • McGuffey Readers

    McGuffey Readers
    Book for grades 1st-6th. These books focused less on religion and more on school subject such as math and reading
  • William Holmes McGuffey

    William Holmes McGuffey
    Wrote the series McGuffey Readers, he had very little former education.
  • Horace Mann

    was elected to act as Secretary of the newly-created Massachusetts Board of Education he used his position to enact major educational reform.
  • Friedrich Froebel

    Friedrich Froebel
    German educator that founded first Kindergarten (children's garden)
  • Mount Holyoke Female Seminary

    Mount Holyoke Female Seminary
    Founded 1837. First member of the seven sister colleges, first women's college.
  • Young Ladies Academy

    Young Ladies Academy
    Established June 1837, by John Poor. First chartered institution for higher education for women.
  • Elizabeth Blackwell

    Elizabeth Blackwell
    was a British physician, she was the first woman in America to receive a medical degree
  • Kindergarten

    Kindergarten
    "Children's Garden" A foundation before formal education. First kindergarten in the United States was in Wisconsin
  • The National Teacher Association

    The Largest Professional interest group in the United States.
  • Elizabeth Palmer Peabody

    Elizabeth Palmer Peabody
    created the first kindergarden in America
  • The First Morrill Act

    The First Morrill Act
    Donated public lands to several places that might provide colleges on agriculture and/or mechanics
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    Emancipation Proclamation
    Abraham Lincoln created it to concern people with the preservation of the union instead of abolishing slavery altogether.
  • 13th Amendment

    13th Amendment
    Completely abolished slavery and indentured servitude; all were free.
  • 14th Amendment

    14th Amendment
    Making it true that if a person is born in the United States, they are automatically granted citizenship.
  • American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

    Progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Booker T. Washington

    Booker T. Washington
    was an American educator, became the first African-American leader of the Tuskegee Institute.
  • Plessy vs. Ferguson

    Plessy vs. Ferguson
    Upheld segregation laws being constitutional as long as both facilities were equal in quality. "Separate but equal".
  • Alfred Binet

    Alfred Binet
    invented the first IQ test
  • Maria Montessori

    Maria Montessori
    Created the first Children's House in San Lorenzo
  • John Dewey

    John Dewey
    Wrote "Democracy and Education" and was a philosopher, social reformer and educator. Main tactic in teaching is democracy. Believed people learn better when using hands-on activities.
  • Smith-Hughes Act

    Smith-Hughes Act
    Act by U.S. Congress that promoted vocational education in agriculture, trades and industry, and homemaking while providing federal funds.
  • Smith-Hughes Act

    Smith-Hughes Act
    Promoted vocational education in agriculture, industry, & homemaking
  • Lev Vygotsky

    Lev Vygotsky
    Soviet phsycologist who founded the Human Cultural Development theory.
  • Jean Piaget

    Jean Piaget
    a Swiss phycologist who pioneered child development, had a theory called "Cognitive Development"
  • GI Bill

    GI Bill
    AKA: Servicemen's Readjustment Act
    Provided benefits for returning World War II veterans and their families.
  • GI Bill

    GI Bill
    This was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War 11 veterans. The goal of this was to provide immediate rewards for all veterans.
  • National School Lunch Act

    National School Lunch Act
    Providing free and reduced lunches to those qualifying through subsidies (government money) to schools
  • National School Lunch Act

    National School Lunch Act
    Provided low cost or free school lunch meals to students who need it
  • Benjamin Bloom

    Benjamin Bloom
    An American phsycologist who made contributions to the classification of educational objectives, and the mastery of learning.
  • National Defense Education Act (NDEA)

    National Defense Education Act (NDEA)
    Provided funding to education institutions
  • National Defense Education Act (NDEA)

    National Defense Education Act (NDEA)
    Providing funding to U.S. education institutes of all levels.
  • Ruby Bridges

    Ruby Bridges
    was the first African-American child to attend an all-white elementary school.
  • Herbert R. Kohl

    Herbert R. Kohl
    advocator of Progressive education,and wrote over 30 books. He started the 1960s Open School Movement.
  • Civil Rights Act

    Civil Rights Act
    Ended segregation in public places and banned employment discrimination (gender, religion, race, ethnicity, etc).
  • The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

    The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
    Providing funds for primary and secondary education emphasizing high standards and accountability.
  • The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

    The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
    This emphasized equal access to education
  • Bilingual Education Act

    Bilingual Education Act
    This recognized the needs of limited English speaking students
  • Bilingual Education Act

    Bilingual Education Act
    AKA: Title VII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
    Policies and programs designed to help students with limited English speaking abilities (LESA) to use both their native language and the English language.
  • Madeline C. Hunter

    Madeline C. Hunter
    American educator who developed a model for teaching
  • Indian Education Act

    Indian Education Act
    Legislation that established a comprehensive approach to meeting the unique needs of American Indian and Alaska Native students.
  • Indian Education Act

    Indian Education Act
    This established a comprehensive approach to meeting the unique needs of American Indian students
  • Title IX of the Education Amendments

    Title IX of the Education Amendments
    This was a law that prohibits discrimination on basis of sex
  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

    Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
    Comprehensive federal law that prohibited any type of discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity.
  • Rehabilitation Act

    Rehabilitation Act
    Requires affirmative action in employment by the federal government and prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability.
  • Rehabilitation Act

    Rehabilitation Act
    Prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs conducted by federal agencies, programs receiving federal financial assistance, federal employment, etc.
  • Plyler v. Doe

    Plyler v. Doe
    Supreme Court struck down a state statue denying funding for education to illegal alien children and municipal school district's attempt to charge each illegal alien students $1000 a year as a tuition fee to compensate the lost state funding.
  • Plyler V. Doe

    Plyler V. Doe
    This denied funding for education to illegal alien children
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    Massachusetts Bay School Law

    Legislative acts enacted in Massachusetts Bay Colony
    1642: requiring parents and masters see to it that their children knew the principles of religion & capital laws of common wealth
    1647: (Old Deluder Satan Act) Towns of 50+ families must hire a schoolmaster to teach the local children
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    Brown vs. Board of Education

    This court case made it unconstitutional to have segregated schools. Was held in Topeka, KS.